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Brian Auger's Oblivion Express


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Brian Auger's Oblivion Express - Looking In The Eye Of The World - 2000 - Fuel 2000

Since forming this groundbreaking fusion ensemble in 1970, the legendary rock and jazz organist has thrived despite various incarnations of the group and numerous personnel changes. The early 2000s lineup was one of the best, in part because of the powerful, emotional contributions by Brian Auger's children, lead vocalist Savannah Grace Auger and drummer/percussionist Karma D. Auger. Savannah's soulful turns on a moody rendering of Herbie Hancock's "Butterfly" and a magical, retro-soul/funk reading of Marvin Gaye's "Troubleman" are early highlights here, as are Brian's brisk and lively "Happy Overture" and the buoyant, horn drenched "Freddie's Flight." Savannah and Karma collaborate with bassist Chris Golden on the mystical ballad "Homeward," another showcase for Savannah's heartfelt voice. Most of the rest of this supercharged date is a mix of original barnburners ("Meet Mr. Eddie") and the wistful, low-key title track, with a few cool retro exceptions: a soulful, bluesy rendering of Donovan's thought-provoking ballad "Season of the Witch" and a unique, mid-tempo arrangement of "Light My Fire" that makes it a jazzy torch tune. Although Brian's magical retro keys are front and center, every brilliant, transcendent moment here belongs to his daughters, who carry on her father's tradition in grand style. © Jonathan Widran, © 2010 Answers Corporation http://www.answers.com/topic/looking-in-the-eye-of-the-world-2007-album-by-brian-auger-oblivion-express

"Brian Auger is one of the best B-3 artists I have ever heard in my life. His technique is awesome and the amount of energy he generates is unparalleled and relentless. He is a tremendous talent with a wonderfully warm and compassionate personality, a combination that is hard to beat. He deserves all the accolades."- Herbie Hancock. "My Favorite rock artists are Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Brian Auger and Loudon Wainwright."- Mose Allison. "Looking In The Eye Of The World" is a great contemporary soul jazz rock album, and HR by A.O.O.F.C. The music is full of great probing grooves, and is reminiscent of Brian Auger's innovative jazz-rock from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Musicianship is excellent all round. Brian's Rhodes playing is terrific. Chris Golden lays down some real funky bass lines, and the sax playing from Katisse Buckingham is Grade A. Brian's son Karma plays some real snazzy drums on the album, while his daughter Savannah sings. Her great vocals really enhance tunes like "Butterfly", "Troubleman", and "Homeward". Brian Auger has been called the "Grandfather of Acid Jazz." He has never fully received the credit he deserves. Listen to Julie Driscoll/Brian Auger & The Trinity's "Streetnoise" album, Brian Auger's Oblivion Express' "Reinforcements" album, and Karma Auger's great "Blue Groove" album. Brian Auger's Oblivion Express' "Voices Of Other Times" album can be found @ BRAUG/OBLIVBEX/VOOT

TRACKS / COMPOSERS

1. Happy Overture - Brian Auger (2:02)
2. Butterfly - Brian Auger, Herbie Hancock (6:12)
3. Troubleman - Marvin Gaye (4:41)
4. Freddie’s Flight - Brian Auger (5:59)
5. Homeward - Karma Auger, Chris Golden (6:51)
6. Light My Fire - Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger (5:27)
7. Meet Mr. Eddie - Brian Auger (5:50)
8. Looking in the Eye of the World - Brian Auger (4:39)
9. Ghostown - Brian Auger (6:35)
10. The Night Town - Brian Auger, Karma Auger, Chris Golden (4:56)
11. Season of the Witch - Donovan Leitch (6:56)
12. Mugusic - Brian Auger (4:10)
13. Soundcheck - Brian Auger, Karma Auger, Chris Golden (6:05)

MUSICIANS

Brian Auger - Keys
Chris Golden - Bass
Karma D. Auger - Drums & Programming
Katisse Buckingham - Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, Flute
Larry Williams - Trumpet
Savannah Auger - Vocals

BRIAN AUGER BIO

Brian Auger was raised in London, where he took up the keyboards as a child and began to hear jazz by way of the American Armed Forces Network and an older brother's record collection. By his teens, he was playing piano in clubs, and by 1962 he had formed the Brian Auger Trio with bass player Rick Laird and drummer Phil Knorra. In 1964, he won first place in the categories of "New Star" and "Jazz Piano" in a reader's poll in the Melody Maker music paper, but the same year he abandoned jazz for a more R&B-oriented approach and expanded his group to include John McLaughlin (guitar) and Glen Hughes (baritone saxophone) as the Brian Auger Trinity. This group split up at the end of 1964, and Auger moved over to Hammond B-3 organ, teaming with bass player Rick Brown and drummer Mickey Waller. After a few singles, he recorded his first LP on a session organized to spotlight blues singer Sonny Boy Williamson that featured his group, saxophonists Joe Harriott and Alan Skidmore, and guitarist Jimmy Page; it was Don't Send Me No Flowers, released in 1968. By mid-1965, Auger's band had grown to include guitarist Vic Briggs and vocalists Long John Baldry, Rod Stewart, and Julie Driscoll, and was renamed Steampacket. More a loosely organized musical revue than a group, Steampacket lasted a year before Stewart and Baldry left and the band split. Auger retained Driscoll and brought in bass player Dave Ambrose and drummer Clive Thacker to form a unit that was billed as Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger and the Trinity. Their first album, Open, was released in 1967 on Marmalade Records (owned by Auger's manager, Giorgio Gomelsky), but they didn't attract attention on record until the release of their single, "This Wheel's on Fire," (music and lyrics by Bob Dylan and Rick Danko) in the spring of 1968, which preceded the appearance of the song on the Band's Music from Big Pink album. The disc hit the top five in the U.K., after which Open belatedly reached the British charts. Auger and the Trinity recorded the instrumental album Definitely What! (1968) without Driscoll, then brought her back for the double-LP, Streetnoise (1968), which reached the U.S. charts on Atco Records shortly after a singles compilation, Jools & Brian, gave them their American debut on Capitol in 1969. Driscoll quit during a U.S. tour, but the Trinity stayed together long enough to record Befour (1970), which charted in the U.S. on RCA Records, before disbanding in July 1970. Auger put together a new band to play less commercial jazz-rock and facetiously called it the Oblivion Express, since he didn't think it would last; instead, it became his perennial band name. The initial unit was a quartet filled out by guitarist Jim Mullen, bass player Barry Dean, and drummer Robbie McIntosh. Their initial LP, Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, was released in 1971, followed later the same year by A Better Land, but their first U.S. chart LP was Second Wind in June 1972, the album that marked the debut of singer Alex Ligertwood with the band. Personnel changes occurred frequently, but the Oblivion Express continued to figure in the U.S. charts consistently over the next several years with Closer to It! (August 1973), Straight Ahead (March 1974), Live Oblivion, Vol. 1 (December 1974), Reinforcements (October 1975), and Live Oblivion, Vol. 2 (March 1976). Meanwhile, Auger had moved to the U.S. in 1975, eventually settling in the San Francisco Bay area. In the face of declining sales, he switched to Warner Bros. Records for Happiness Heartaches, which charted in February 1977. Encore, released in April 1978, was a live reunion with Julie Tippetts (née Driscoll) that marked the end of Auger's association with major record labels, after which he dissolved the Oblivion Express and recorded less often. In 1990, he teamed up with former Animals singer Eric Burdon, and the two toured together during the next four years, releasing Access All Areas together in 1993. In 1995, Auger put together a new Oblivion Express. As of 2000, the lineup consisted of his daughter, Savannah, on vocals, Chris Clermont on guitar, Dan Lutz on bass, and his son Karma on drums. This group issued the album Voices of Other Times on Miramar Records one week before Auger's 61st birthday. © William Ruhlmann © 2010 Rovi Corporation. All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:fpfrxqr5ldhe~T1

6 comments:

A.O.O.F.C said...

LINK Pt 1
LINK Pt 2

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prep guy said...

Hello, Paul,

I just downloaded Brian Auger's "Looking in the Eye of the World," and track 7 seems to be missing. It's "Meet Mr. Eddie." All of the othr tracks seem to be OK. What's up? Can you repost that track?

Gary

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi,Gary. Thanks for letting me know. New link for missing track on the way. Check back very shortly. Thanks!

A.O.O.F.C said...

LINK TRACK 7

Get rid of pop-up (if any). Scroll to bottom of site. Click where you see "Save file to your PC: click here."

Bill said...

Thanks for this! Any b3 stuff gratefully received.

A.O.O.F.C said...

Cheers,Bill! Have you any artists in mind? Thanks